Well, Elliott scratched out his drain again, this time right as we were about to get dinner this evening. We did get to eat since it was all but out for us, my mom called the cat fix-it place, cleaned up the aftermath and then rushed him off to the emergency again. (Bast help us if CSI ever sprays Luminol in this place, Mom says.)
The good news is that El did not get another drain. (The on-call vet consulted with our regular vet, who advised against further trauma.) His ear has generally improved somewhat, but he's also been on a few medications since the regular checkup last week. The not-so-good news is that of that, Mom wears the third medication, since Elliott will not tolerate it AT ALL. (I can't blame him--it reeks.)
Mom says all of this makes her want to eat a side of beef and top it with two quarts of Ben & Jerry's. I say that's OK as long as she shares.